The scheme, founded in 1995, is one of the largest youth theatre festivals in the world. This year, 230 youth theatre companies were selected to perform 10 brand-new plays commissioned by the National Theatre from leading writers. After extensive rehearsals during the winter, these were performed in theatres the length and breadth of the country during February and March.
Next year, the BACStage group will perform their play in Bridport followed by a transfer to a leading regional theatre.
The Connections scheme aims to:
• inspire 13-19 year olds with high-quality new playwriting
• give companies the knowledge, skills and confidence to bring the plays to life
• encourage young people to get involved in all aspects of theatre making
The Bridport production will be directed by Niki McCretton who runs the weekly BACStage class at Bridport Arts Centre. As part of the scheme, Niki will attend a weekend workshop for Directors in London and the group will be visited by the playwright and a National Theatre Connections Director. Some of the playwrights for 2014 have already been announced and include Pauline McLynn, Sam Holcroft and Simon Vinnicombe.
Kate Wilson, Bridport Arts Centre’s Learning Co-ordinator said ‘we are delighted BACStage has been chosen to take part in Connections 2014. Its a wonderful opportunity for young people who love theatre to be involved in something really special. Its not just actors we will be looking for but a whole backstage crew too to make the production as professional as we can.”
Details on how to get involved will be available in the autumn but young people can register their interest now by contacting Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bookings for the term priced £55 can be made at the box office on 01308 424 204 or you can try a tester session on Wednesday 11 September priced £4.50.